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View from Sanyo Shinkansen window

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View from Japanese bullet train window

I’m not sure exactly where I was when I took today’s photo last year. What I do know is I was riding on the shinkansen (新幹線) between Fukuoka (Hakata) and Hiroshima at more than 150 miles per hour. I was probably near or between the Shin-Iwakuni (新岩国), Tokuyama (徳山), or the Shin-Yamaguchi (新山口) stations.

Autumn approaches

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Kamakura’s Kenchoji on Thanksgiving (2009)

The last couple evenings I have detected the slightest hint of fall in the air. Things will be cooling down in Southern Oregon very soon. For Japan it takes a bit longer.

One week ago

Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy from rural Oregon

Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy from rural Oregon

Red-Tailed Hawk

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I captured this image last weekend in Beatty, Oregon.

Hemorage

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San Francisco’s Hemorage

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Toby of Hemorage (SF band)

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Great guys, Hemorage. They will be doing another Pacific Northwest tour this November.

Camera shy bald eagle

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Bald eagle in flight

Last year a friend tipped me off to a bald eagle nest on their property an hour east of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a long lens with me to shoot it properly. So when we went for a visit this past weekend I brought my 300mm lens and a 1.7X teleconverter to extend my reach to about 500mm.

When we arrived at the nest the eagle was sitting in the tree. However, by the time I got my equipment together the eagle was in flight and heading quickly away from me. I revisited the nest a couple more times on the trip and the results were similar on each visit. This eagle wanted nothing to do with me. I saw it on each occasion, but it split when it saw me coming and didn’t return while I waited.

Today’s photo is the best I could do, and this is a 100% crop. The eagle was really nowhere near me when I took this. Maybe next time he’ll have offspring in the nest and be more willing to stick around.

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